Category Archives: Gadgets

Gadgets You’ll Want in Your First Apartment

There are times when we have to stay in an apartment in the course of our work. If you are techie person you would really want to buy this latest gadgets to make yourself comfortable at your new apartment.

Getting your first post-college apartment is a major life step. Finally, a place of your own, even if you have roommates.

Some things probably followed you from college though, like a futon that should be left out on the curb (maybe you even found it there), a beanbag chair or two, and the twinkle lights that you’ve convinced yourself “set a mood.”

But just because you can’t afford a remodeled condo on your own just yet doesn’t mean you have to skimp on the tech. Depending on your paycheck, you might even be able to afford some of the finer things that technology has to offer. You can get an TV without worrying that it will crash to the ground at a kegger, an air conditioner that might just be smarter than you are (new diploma notwithstanding), and a robot that does the cleaning for you.

Check out the list below for a few recommendations on gadgets to pad out your new pad.

High Wire Act

Ikea’s wireless charging furniture is aimed at those who can’t stand the messy look of cords ruining their home’s aesthetic. The collection, which supports the Qi wireless charging standard, ranges in price from $14.99 to $129.99 and includes several different lamps (floor, table, work), two different styles of bedside tables, and simple charging pads (pictured).

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Read more: http://www.pcmag.com/feature/323830/gadgets-you-ll-want-in-your-first-apartment

 

How to Turn Your Smartphone Into an (Almost) Nintendo Switch

I’ve seen one of my friends doing this type of thing. Although he owns one, he also tried using his smartphone as a substitute for his Nintendo Switch. And I’m amazed by looking at the gadget. So for those who want to try this, you can read this article for further instructions.

Nintendo’s questionable supply chain strategies mean there are still gamers trying to get their hands on a Switch, two months after its release. But why bother trying to hunt down another console when the smartphone in your pocket can already do almost everything the Switch can—with a few upgrades.

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You probably occasionally use your smartphone as a portable gaming machine, although limited to just quick rounds of Candy Crush as you ride the subway every day. But a modern smartphone, with a beefy processor and a decent-sized display, can do almost everything the Nintendo Switch can (sadly Breath of the Wild will still be out of your reach).

In fact, your smartphone might actually offer a few upgrades over the Switch! There are far more games available, including emulators that let you play classic titles from almost any console. Though you’ll need to put in a little effort if you want to play old Zelda games on your iPhone.

Besides games, your phone almost certainly offers a better visual experience than the Switch does. Nintendo chose to use an LCD display limited to a resolution of just 1280×720 pixels and many smartphones are capable of at least full 1920×1080 HD resolutions with color saturation and fidelity that far outperform the Switch’s screen.

Read more: http://fieldguide.gizmodo.com/how-to-turn-your-smartphone-into-an-almost-nintendo-s-1794899293

 

8 Gadgets Every Nursery Needs

 

Busy parents do not get enough time to be with their baby throughout the day. They have nannies to take care of them but as a parent it is still our top responsibility to look after them. That’s why nursery gadgets are a big help to every busy parent. Take a look of the top nursery gadgets that might help you in the future.

Parenting can be a tough gig. Between the endless feedings and diaper changes and the sleepless nights, it can be hard to catch a break. Of course, the coos and cuddles make it all worthwhile, but some extra help—and a little peace of mind—goes a long way.

Making your list of nursery needs? Make life a little easier (and safer) for you and your little one by investing in these must-have nursery gadgets.

  1. A Video Monitor

    Ok. Maybe you don’t absolutely need a video monitor. But this handy gadget will save you a lot of legwork, especially in those early months where every unfamiliar sound from baby’s crib feels like cause for concern. A quick check of the monitor offers all the reassurance of a sneak peek without the risk of startling your little one, allowing for more frequent check-ins. Video monitors can also be useful while sleep training or for monitoring recently-liberated toddlers boasting big-kid-bed status. The price tag may be a little heftier than your conventional audio-only monitor, but many parents find that the benefits of one-click-baby-surveillance outweigh the cost.

    Need a money-saving alternative? Check out this amazing video monitor hack.

Read more: https://www.thespruce.com/gadgets-every-nursery-needs-2504887

Everything We Know About the New Nintendo Switch

The latest New Nintendo Switch is the talk of the town in the gaming world nowadays. According to the fans and gamers this is probably the best game gadgets released this 2017. For those who want to acquire this hottest gadget, read this first and see if its suits your taste in gaming.

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We’re days away from the Nintendo Switch’s full-on outing. On January 12, by way of a live-stream from Tokyo, the company will detail the new console’s price and release date. That’ll be followed by a day of hands-on demos in various locales, including a daylong event in New York City, where TIME and others will get to do what Jimmy Fallon already did. Here is what (we think) we know so far about Nintendo’s new platform:

This is when (and where) the price and release date arrive:

If you want to know how much Switch (formerly codenamed NX) will cost, when in March 2017 you’ll be able to buy one, and, I assume, a bit more about the system’s raison d’être, bookmark www.nintendo.com/switch, then set a reminder for January 12 at 11:00 p.m. ET.

It’s a hybrid home/mobile device.

Platforms are what they do, and what Nintendo Switch apparently does is go wherever you do. Whether that’s to a docking station in your entertainment center to play on a big-screen TV, or as a tablet-gamepad to school, the doctor’s office or wherever else you’d want to game with controls native gamers have relied on for decades.

Read more: http://time.com/4631330/nintendo-switch-preview

How China’s Smartphone ‘Big Four’ Are Fighting for Global Customers

Worldwide, Apple (AAPL, -0.49%) and Samsung (SSNLF, 0.00%) dominate pricey smartphone sales, accounting for about a third of the market. But the next several names on the global bestseller list include four lower-cost Chinese competitors that collectively sell almost as many handsets as the big two.

In China’s smartphone market, the world’s largest, the four companies have been closely matched competitors over the last few years, taking turns at the number-one spot. (The figures in the chart below are from the third quarter of 2016, via research firm IDC.) Being No. 1 in China isn’t necessarily very profitable, however, as there are always new competitors willing to lose piles of money to build market share.

In recent years Huawei has broken out of the pack, becoming the No. 3 smartphone maker in the world and the first Chinese phone maker with a substantial global footprint. In a new feature article, Fortune shows how Huawei’s decades of experience making and selling telecom networking equipment helped it build better phones and establish relationships in markets worldwide—with the conspicuous exception of the U.S.—boosting its profile and its profit margins. Fortune looks at Huawei’s advantages and its obstacles to handicap its chances of catching Apple and Samsung globally.
Here’s a quick field guide to Huawei and its main Chinese competitors.

Nicolas Rapp 

Oppo

Oppo, owned by billionaire Duan Yong Ping, made its name selling cheaper phones in rural China (where it has 200,000 retail locations) and Southeast Asia. Its R9S looks like an exact copy of an iPhone 7—a winning formula in China.

Vivo

Marketing for Oppo’s sister brand Vivo, also owned by Duan, focuses on its smartphones’ camera, a major selling point in selfie-obsessed China. Celebrity endorsements and its sponsorship of the NBA in China have propelled the brand.

Read more: http://fortune.com/2017/01/24/china-smartphones-oppo-vivo-huawei-xiaomi/

Dryer Vent Cleaning

Dryer vent cleaning is just about the most essential things that each homeowner should remember. Just about every single home has a dryer today and with it, the need for maintaining your vents clean is much more essential. Regardless of whether you make use of an electric or a gas powered dryer, you would have to make sure that the vents are cleaned regularly. In many homes, because the vents are out of sight, their cleaning is basically ignored. Nevertheless, overlooking the vents for far too long can actually be rather harmful.

Keep Family Safe

Keeping the dryer vent clean and free from debris is vital to the dryer’s performance and also to your family’s safety. When you notice any changes in how well or fast your dryer is working–or if you simply know that you have not cleaned your dryer vent in a long time–it’s worth your while to bring in a professional to carry out a thorough cleaning. Vent cleaning and duct cleaning will limit the amount of mold, mildew, and bacteria that happen to be in your house and on your clothes. Dryer vents and ducts are the ideal breeding ground for these types of allergens. As clothing is removed from the dryer, these little fellows are brought in and distributed to your house.

Save Your Home from Fire

Another crucial reasons why dryer vent cleaning shouldn’t be disregarded is that a blocked vent can certainly cause fire. With regular use, the lint from the clothes would get trapped in the vents. This may block the passage for the air flow. For the reason that passageway would be blocked, the dryer would need to work harder for drying the clothing and would overheat in the process. Once the vents remain overlooked for far too long, it may cause fire.

Professional Companies Can Help

You’ll find a lot of professional cleaning companies that can assist you maintain the dryer vents at home clean without difficulty. You would just need an annual or a semiannual cleaning visit to avoid all of the risks which are associated with blocked dryer vents. These firms have the right equipment and experience that would be needed for this job. They will utilize special brush and high power vacuum for cleaning out all the debris from the vents.

To conclude, you’ll find so many reasons to do an annual dryer vent cleaning. Be it done for extending the life of your dryer, drying your clothes faster, or avoiding a serious fire, it is a worthy investment for reassurance and saving money.

Next iPhone will have USB-C cable, but on the other end of the cable

I believe that this update won’t make a fuss for all those loyal Apple users. This is probably good news for those considering an Apple product.

 

After spurring about fifty think pieces and sending everyone in the Apple community in a tizzy over the radical notion of Apple supporting an open standard, turns out the next iPhone won’t have a USB-C connector after all.

According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the new iPhones will retain the Lightning connector on the device side but make use of USB-C Power Delivery specification for charging. This means the other end of the charging cable is the one that will have a USB-C connector, the one that plugs into the charger.

This has two advantages. First, USB-C can carry much more power than standard USB-A. It’s the same reason Google provides end-to-end USB-C cables to enable fast charging on its devices (and not just to spite you). Future iPhone chargers will then have a USB-C connector like the new MacBook/MacBook Pro chargers or the Google Pixel charger.

Second, the iPhone could then be plugged straight into the company’s new MacBooks without the need for an adapter. Sure, you’d then need an adapter for practically every other computer but I’m sure Apple will be happy to sell you an adapter for that.

 

Read more: http://www.gsmarena.com/next_iphone_will_have_usbc_cable_but_on_the_other_end_of_the_cable-news-23766.php

BlackBerry Aurora Dual SIM Android smartphone pre-order listing shows images, reveals price

I don’t want to sound so negative but i think it would be difficult for Blackberry to make this phone success.

 

BlackBerry Aurora

Specifications of BlackBerry’s mid-range budget smartphone codenamed BBC100-1 surfaced earlier this year. Now a pre-order listing on a popular Indonesian website has revealed the name of the phone as BlackBerry Aurora along with the image of the phone without any capacitive touch buttons on the front and the price of the phone.

It doesn’t reveal the specification of the phone, but according to earlier rumors, the phone will come with a 5-inch HD screen, will be powered by Snapdragon 425 and come with dual SIM support, making it the first BlackBerry Android smartphone with Dual SIM support.

BlackBerry Aurora (BBC100-1) rumored specifications

  • 5-inch (1280 x 720 pixels) HD IPS display
  • 1.4GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 425 processor with 500MHz Adreno 308 GPU
  • 4GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, expandable memory up to 128GB with microSD
  • Android 7.0 (Nougat)
  • Dual SIM
  • 13MP rear camera with LED Flash
  • 8MP front-facing camera
  • 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS + GLONASS
  • 3000mAh battery

The BlackBerry Aurora will come in Gold, Silver and Black colors and is priced at RP 34,99,000 (US$ 260 / INR 17,476 approx.). It is not clear if this will be final price of the smartphone.

 

See more: http://www.fonearena.com/blog/213813/blackberry-aurora-dual-sim-android-smartphone-pre-order-listing-shows-images-reveals-price.html

Smartphones from Oppo, Vivo Make Gains on the iPhone in China

eMarketer recently examined the results of new Kantar Worldpanel ComTech estimates suggesting a decline in market share for foreign smartphone manufacturers like Apple. And with the release of full-year 2016 estimates on smartphone shipments in China by International Data Corporation (IDC), there’s further evidence of the continued rise of local manufacturers Oppo and Vivo. The two firms appear to have found a winning combination of pricing and features, allowing them to beat out more established competitors like Apple and Xiaomi.

Top 5 Smartphone Brands in China, Ranked by Shipments, 2015 & 2016 (millions, % of total and % change)

According to IDC, iPhone manufacturer Apple’s market share in China fell to 9.6% in 2016, down from 13.6% a year earlier. Apple shipped 13.5 million fewer phones in 2016 than it did the previous year. At the same time, China-based smartphone manufacturer Oppo saw its market share more than double, climbing from 8.2% in 2015 to 16.8% last year. Oppo shipped 78.4 million

– See more at: https://www.emarketer.com/Article/Smartphones-Oppo-Vivo-Make-Gains-on-iPhone-China/1015214

The evolution of the iPhone

The iPhone has been Apple’s flagship product since its inception in early 2007. Having spent around 150 million dollars, filing more than 200 patent applications, and purchasing iphone.com for a measly 1 million dollars, one wouldn’t expect it to be anything less.

 

Once billed by Apple founder Steve Jobs as “a revolutionary and magical product”, the iPhone has made significant strides since it was first unveiled in 2007.

The first three iPhone models looked fairly similar, and it was only in 2010 that the form of the phone changed with the introduction of the flatter, more rectangular iPhone 4.

In 2011 the iPhone 4S included impressive new features including the iCloud, iMessage and the intelligent personal assistant, Siri.

iPhone 5c

The iPhone 5 arrived in 2012, thinner, lighter and significantly faster than its predecessors, and the following year Apple made a major stylistic departure from the muted tones of previous handsets with the bright plastic iPhone 5c.

The much-hyped iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus made their debut in 2014, with the iPhone 6 Plus display measuring a whopping 5.5in – but Apple fans the world over are already holding out for the next model.

The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus were unveiled in 2015, featuring pressure-sensitive 3D Touch technology, an improved 12MP camera and a new rose gold colour.

 

Read more: http://www.computerworld.com/article/2604020/smartphones/the-evolution-of-apples-iphone.html